Arbonne International Expands Its Voluntary Recall of Figure 8® Peanut Butter Chews Due to Possible Health Risk
Arbonne International, LLC
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — Irvine, CA — February 12, 2009 — Arbonne International, LLC (“Arbonne”) announced today the expansion of its voluntary recall initiated in January 2009, of certain lots of its Arbonne Figure 8® Peanut Butter Chews because the products contain peanut butter that was manufactured by Peanut Corporation of America, which is the focus of an ongoing nationwide Salmonella investigation by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). Though Arbonne is not aware of any reported cases of illness related to these products, it has issued this voluntary recall as a precautionary measure.
Salmonella is an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy persons infected with Salmonella often experience fever, diarrhea (which may be bloody), nausea, vomiting and abdominal pain. In rare circumstances, infection with Salmonella can result in the organism getting into the bloodstream and producing more severe illnesses such as arterial infections (i.e., infected aneurysms), endocarditis and arthritis. For more information on Salmonella bacteria, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Web site at www.cdc.comhttp://www.cdc.gov. Consumers with questions or concerns about their health or observe symptoms should contact their health care provider or go to a hospital.
Arbonne Figure 8® Chews are distributed through Arbonne Independent Consultants nationwide and in Canada. The Arbonne Figure 8® Chews affected by this recall are ONLY the Peanut Butter Chews from lot numbers:
(with shipping dates ranging from January 1, 2007 to January 19, 2009). These chews were sold in individual packages and as a component of the Go Figure 8® 30-Day Program Set and the Figure 8® Ready, Set, Go! Vanilla product bundles. The lot number for Arbonne Figure 8® Peanut Butter Chews may be found on the lower left back panel of the bag containing the product. If consumers are unable to locate the lot number or are unsure if the product is part of the recall, they should contact Arbonne Customer Service for assistance, Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Pacific Time.
Arbonne takes the safety of its customers seriously and is working with the FDA on this recall. Customers who may have purchased the recalled products should discontinue consumption immediately and contact Arbonne Customer Service at 1.800.ARBONNE for instructions on obtaining an exchange or refund.